We were lucky enough to be part of a Filipino food filming expedition to Myanmar back in August.
The TV show is called FoodPrints. The host chef Sandy Daza is a bit of a legend in the Phillipines. (To go straight to Sanon story it’s about 6 mins into the story).
Anyway, along with their excellent story on Sanon Training Restaurant, the crew also visited Inle Lake and raved about an organic restaurant called Inle Heart View. it’s run by a local Myanmar chef and sits perched on a hillside with a lovely view.
I was determined to visit… and wow … I’m glad we did as it was certainly what I would call a unique fabulous ‘dining experience’.
For a start we were the only people in the simple open air restaurant …so it felt like having a personal chef.
The view over farmlands, villages, mountains and the lake were divine.
The produce was grown on site and when we ordered spring onion tempura the waitress wandered off to the veggie garden below us to pull some up. Same with the banana bell (flower) salad and the strawberry ice cream. The banana bell was cut from the bunch and the strawberry picked from the plant and used to garnish the home-made icecream.
I really want to give a big shout out to the chef who personifies an artisan who wants to promote his country and use his farm based local fresh food to create amazing dishes. So refreshing to meet people who have a passion for their product.
Inle lake is a very special place so if you come to Myanmar make sure you spend at least 2-3 days here… and if your budget can stretch that far consider taking a balloon flight with Balloons Over Inle... you’ll get a real birds eye view like no other!